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Once a sleepy little beach town, Playa del Carmen is now the crown jewel of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Its white sand beaches and shimmering Caribbean waters attract beach lovers from around the world.
Of course, there is more to the city than just the beach. The festive atmosphere, delicious food, and fantastic shopping are also a major draw.
Whether you stay inside the city or nearby, Playa del Carmen’s “5th Avenue” is a must-visit attraction. From high-end spots to small shops owned by locals, the pedestrian zone stretches for over 2 miles. Lined with stores, bars, and restaurants, 5th Avenue is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or a lively evening out on the town.
Want to explore the surrounding area while you’re there? Tours of nearby archeological sites – like Coba, Tulum, and Chichen Itza – run daily. You can even hop the ferry and take a day trip to Cozumel, or sign up for a snorkeling tour to visit a cenote or one world’s most beautiful coral reefs! It can all happen from Playa del Carmen.